Self-determination in the home office as an empty promise

Accordingly, not all respondents were of the opinion that working from home gave them more self-determination. Although 61 percent agreed with this statement, this was not the case for 36 percent.

Missing rules

Based on the results, the researchers identify a need for regulation with regard to working hours, accessibility and control. “You need clear agreements about when someone can be reached in the home office or not. At the moment we are seeing a clear delimitation of work boundaries, some also feel obliged to be available at all times. More clarity about what is expected and what not to be available would help, “said Flecker.

The employees received little information about the healthy design of their workplace: only around a third stated that they had been provided with information or advice on this. More often there was the opportunity to be supported by a technician from the company in setting up the home office – after all, a little more than half were able to take advantage of this option. Conversely, 47 percent remained without technical support.

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